Greater Louisville Project

21st-century cities leverage data to improve the quality of life of their residents. The GLP is making that possible in Louisville by releasing annual Competitive City Reports which catalyze change and mobilize key players from across sectors to focus on Louisville’s areas of highest potential impact. Not sure where to start?  View our data index.


Education is the foundation on which progress is made.


Health underlies every facet of our civic life.

Quality of Place

Quality of place defines the very soul of a successful community.


A vibrant workforce and strong job market create greater opportunity for all.

How Competitive is Louisville?

The GLP has identified four Deep Drivers of Change: Education, Jobs, Health, and Quality of Place. The Deep Drivers of Change point to a few big but attainable goals that can inform our civic agenda by highlighting both the possibilities and the challenges facing Louisville.

Quality of Place

We Measure & Connect

The Greater Louisville Project benchmarks Louisville’s performance against its peer cities, keeping us focused on a shared agenda for long-term progress. These “peers” are cities that share common indicators, embody similar socio-economic characteristics, and provide data points that make comparison of the factors influencing the Deep Drivers of Change possible.

How we perform against peers in addressing strategic challenges allows community leaders to set actionable goals that drive improvement, position our city for long-term progress, and help us all build a greater Louisville.

Our Data Legacy

The GLP publishes data, research, and information related to our Deep Drivers through its Competitive City Reports. These reports help connect the dots between education, jobs, health, and quality of place.

2018: Beyond Merger
2017: Poverty Beyond Income
2015: A Focus on Poverty
2014: Peer Cites Update
2013: Building a Healthier Louisville
2013: STEM Report
2012 Competitive City Update
2011 Competitive City Report
2010 Competitive City Report
Digging Deeper: Education Attainment, Louisville Metro
Digging Deeper: Education Attainment, Louisville Metro
2009 Competitive City Report
Jefferson County Education Pipeline
Jefferson County Education Pipeline
2008 Competitive City Report
2007 Competitive City Report
2005 Competitive City Report
Beyond Merger
Beyond Merger
265,000 Louisville-area residents DO NOT have a primary care provider, meaning they use hospitals for chronic illne…
Fifty-five percent of Louisville’s California-neighborhood families are cost-burdened, meaning they spend over 30%…
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Context & Commentary

August 21, 2015

4-step plan to attract and keep talent

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April 26, 2016

A free education should be just that—free

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November 21, 2016

A Focus on Poverty – 2015 Competitive City Update

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June 22, 2015

Access to healthy food is key

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